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My First In-Person Show in Over A Year!

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My First In-Person Show in Over A Year!

"It's so good to be back!" That's all I could think during my first live show in SEVENTEEN months. That's right, earlier this month, I had my first in-person show since the pandemic began. It was Contracommon's First Annual Summer Arts Festival at the Hill Country Galleria. And I have to say, I had a blast. Below are a few of my favorite moments that I posted on Instagram.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by New Origin Shop (@neworiginshop)   Seriously, I didn't sit down the entire time I was so excited. It's funny, coming into the show...

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Happy 4-Year Anniversary, New Origin Shop!

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Happy 4-Year Anniversary, New Origin Shop!

🎉 Exciting news, everyone! New Origin Shop is celebrating its four-year anniversary 🎉. Some of you may know my backstory by now, but four years ago I launched New Origin Shop as an Etsy page on May 21st, 2017. It was a way to offload some of the extra crochet bags I made in my spare time from teaching. So around this time, in 2017, I was taking pictures of my first line of crochet bags (one of those pictures is above). I couldn’t have guessed the wild ride that I was in for.  It’s kind of crazy to think...

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Woman Entrepreneur Spotlight: Viranda Michelle

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Woman Entrepreneur Spotlight: Viranda Michelle

We’re sure you’ve heard by now that March is Woman’s History Month. And if you saw our post about our favorite black businesses, you’ll see that we have no shortage of awesome ladies to celebrate. So today, we’re here to spotlight another amazing businesswoman, Viranda Michelle.Viranda is an Austin-based photographer that specializes in editorial, fashion, and brand photography. She’s also been working as a content creator for Boss Babes.We first crossed paths a few weeks ago when the team from Lucid Voyage borrowed some stuff from our shop to use in a photo shoot that Viranda was doing. As you’ll...

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Our Favorite Black-Owned Businesses

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Our Favorite Black-Owned Businesses

We’re firm believers that every month is Black History Month, but there’s no denying that February is a special time of year to really shed a spotlight on black people doing great things. Everyone pays just a little closer attention; so it’s a perfect time to shout out some of our favorite black makers and business owners. We’re lucky to host a couple of the people below in the shop, but we’ll also link to everyone’s Instagram so that you can check them out a little more.  As a happy coincidence, all of the businesses below are also women-owned as...

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Meet The Maker: KC McDaniel, Owner of Conscious Goods

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Meet The Maker: KC McDaniel, Owner of Conscious Goods

Alright friends, we’re back with another edition of our Meet the Maker Feature for the new year! We spoke to today's maker back in 2020 and if you saw our last video, "Our 7 Favorite Quotes from Makers in 2020", you'll already have a brief introduction. So get ready to (re)meet KC McDaniel, the owner of Conscious Goods. She makes 100% all-natural home and body products with an emphasis on sustainability. Of course, you can check out a few of her products in our shop.    Let’s start with the most important question: How are you doing in 2020—both personally and...

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